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for life. nbc's tracie potts is live. tracie, this marks the supreme court's roe v. wade that legalized abortion. are the protests expected to be larger because of that? >> reporter: they are. the second time this week we've seen that on the national mall. it came because of the anniversary, but because of that, organizers moved this protest to friday so as not to conflict. but today, we do expect to see this pro-life march, this huge march, on the national mall. a lot of things have changed, though, in the last 40 years, especially in the last couple of years. there have been more than 150 new laws by states and local legislatures in just the past two years. 19 different states acting just last year to restrict abortion rights. it's one of the reasons why this group says it wants to speak up and try to push for the overturning of roe versus wade. but a brand-new nbc poll shows 7 out of 10 want roe versus wade to stay. we will see lawmakers at that event later today. tracie potts in washington. thanks so much for that. >>> well, we have new video of a dramatic swift water rescue that ha
john boehner will remain its speaker. tracie potts is live in washington. tracie, will this new congress be able to get up to speed quickly? >> reporter: well, they don't really have a choice, mara, because they have so much on their plate as you mentioned including the debt ceiling and the deficit. 113th congress takes its oath this afternoon with 56 new democrats, 38 new republicans and a record number of women. the youngest, hawaii yaes kelsey gabbert, a 31-year-old iraq war vet and the first hindu ever elected. john boehner is expected to be relegislated speaker today but 17 conservatives could derail that. he's already announced the first order of business a vote friday to provide billions to victims of superstorm sandy. >> the bottom line is between friday morning and january 15th, those two votes will bring in $60 billion that's absolutely necessary for new york, new jersey and connecticut. >> reporter: also tops on their agenda, raising the debt ceiling so america can borrow more to pay its bills. republicans will imsift on cutting spending first. >> the president is add
? nbc's tracie potts is in washington for us. tracie, how is the president going to get the public and congress to support this legislative agenda? >> reporter: with a very public campaign, mara. started last night with an op-ed the president published in "the connecticut post." the newspaper up there where the newtown tragedy happened. in it he said that congress needs to help and not hinder bypassing this ban on assault weapons and on magazines, but it looks like that's iffy here on capitol hill. the white house also has a campaign-style tour planned, we don't know where he'll stop, but they are hoping speeches the president does around the country will draw support. and they are launching a website with videos from victims talking about different ways they want to curb gun violence. so a lot of things being planned by the white house. at this point it looks to be shaping up to be quite a fight. >> tracie potts live in washington. thank you for that. >>> americans held hostage, last week's french intervention against rebels in mali has taken a violent turn. islamic militants have
group of senators up veil their plans. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more. tracie. good morning. >> reporter: are good morning, everyone. the white house said what the president will say in las vegas is similar to what we saw that group of democrats and republicans lay out here on capitol hill yesterday. but the white house plan is ready to go. a piece of legislation that if congress drags its feet, this is something they'll be able to vote on. the hallmark of that plan is what to do about the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. conservatives don't want to hear the "a" word and that group of democrats and republicans who brought out their plan yesterday said it won't be amnesty because it will be background checks, taxes, they'll have to learn english just to get in the back of the line to earn citizenship. but the big concern here for democrats and republicans particularly is border security going to come first. is that going to be guaranteed before more people are allowed to stay in this country legally. they're predicting some pushback but hoping ev
in congress. tracie potts has details from washington. what are some of the measures we're expecting? >> reporter: in a few hours the president is expected to push congress to pass an assault weapons ban not clear on capitol hill if that can pass. a ban on high capacity magazine clips. but on his own the president is also expected to pitch universal background checks that would close loopholes for people who buy weapons at gun shows or online and don't have to go through those background checks. he's also expected to suggest tougher penalties for people who lie on their background checks for retailers who don't do the background checks or sell multiple weapons to felons and prostitute people who fail those background checks. mental health expected to be part of this. along video games that industry in talking with the administration last week. the president saying all of this is designed to protect children and keep them safe. richard? >> potentially 19 executive orders in that. tracie potts thank you so much. in the face of proposed gun control reform the national rifle association
on gun control. tracie potts is in washington for us. it's a busy week ahead. >> reporter: absolutely. as the rehearsals are under way for this new ration the senate turns its focus to these confirmation hearings. chuck hagel raising a lot of questions with democrats and republicans, no date set for those hearings yet. president obama, those confident that he will be confirmed. meantime the debt and the debt ceiling that we're about to hit again in february, the house is back in session today. they got to address that. republicans pushing for spending cuts at this time could include social security and today vice president biden sits down with cabinet members and members of congress to finalize his recommendation for gown control. we'll present them to the president tomorrow likely to include universal background checks. >> no sleep for you over the next week, right? thank you so much. tracie potts in washington, d.c. >>> former secretary of state colin powell is speaking out on nbc's "meet the press." he endorsed chuck hey goebl the new defense secretary. he said he would do a great
. >> in fact preparations for the parties and the president's big day is well under way. nbc's tracie potts has details. hi. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it's a lot of work. i want to show you some animation that gives you a virtual look at what people will see and what you're seeing if you're not here televised on monday when president obama for the second time this year takes the oath of office. remember he does the first official and private one at the white house on sunday, then the big event here on monday. all of this being built up at the capitol, the president will give his speech there which analysts say should not be partisan, he should stick to the middle of the road. . from the capitol to the parade route the process of securing all that, they got 100 workstations set up so far. 42 different agencies working on this. so here's the schedule for the weekend. national dave service on saturday. see the president and vice president and wives out doing that. private swear in on sunday and big day on monday. >> all right. tracie potts, thanks so much. >>> and now for a look at your frida
it a partisan speech, sort of keep it down the middle. >> all right. traci potts in washington, thank you. msnbc will have wall-to-wall coverage of president obama's second inauguration on monday beginning with a special edition of "morning joe" live from washington, d.c. >>> here's your first look at this morning's scrambled dish of politics. house republicans are holding a retreat in williamsburg, virginia. the gop is focusing on a number of key areas, one of them being how to reach out to minority voters. this particular session is being held in a room named for a wealthy 18th century slave owner. probably not the best choice. >>> president obama's political organization will now become a tax exempt group to support his second-term agenda. obama for america will relaunch on sunday after he takes the official oath of office. wax statues of president obama and the first lady got an updated look, including more grey hair for the president. the wax museum in washington exhibited the statues of the first couple on top of a double decker bus on thursday. >>> ever wonder about the expenses for ameri
get it passed. tracie potts joins us now. >> reporter: here's the catch. if lawmakers can't pass a budget by this spring they could end up having trouble paying their own bills. today's vote would raise the debt ceiling allowing more borrowing through spring to pay america's bills and it cuts pay for lawmakers if they can't pass a budget by tax time april 15th. >> most americans believe you don't do your job you shouldn't get paid. >> i'm tired of government governing by gimmicks. >> reporter: the senate hasn't pass ad budget in almost four years. >> the last time they pass ad budget the ipad hadn't been introduced. >> reporter: paul ryan will draft the budget with deeper cuts. that's a carrot to get conservatives to go along but some still want to see cuts first. >> will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless significant efforts are made to fix the under lying problems. >> reporter: senate democrats hint theology pass a budget but not soon. >> approach that when we need to. >> reporter: the white house says even in short term the president will sign pinpoint >> the debt ceili
contagious. >>> and protests are expected on the national mall for the annual march for life. tracie potts is live on capitol hill. this week marks the 40th anniversary of the roe v. wade decision that legalized abortion. are the protests expected to be larger than usual because of that? >> reporter: exactly. and that's why we're expecting so many people for the second time this week on the national mall. in fact the anniversary was the day after inauguration. so organizers moved march for life to friday. and in the last 40 years, a lot of the emotions and issues have not changed. what has changed is legislation. for the most part legislators, republicans, have enacted more than 150 laws restricting abortion. there are now 17 states that pay for abortion for low income women and of course federal funds are restricted there. wae continue for s we continue to see demonstrations on both sides. but public opinion is pretty clear. 7 out of 10 said they want roe vs. wade abortion rights to remain the law of the land. today in addition to those thousands of people from around the country who plan
to reform the system that impacts 11 million undocumented people in america. tracie potts has details for us. good morning. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. keep in mind we will see some action today, but this is far from final. we will see a four-page document that both democrats and republicans think will work. this afternoon a small group of democrats and republicans will announce they've come up with a recipe for immigration reform. >> to have an immigration law we can live with. >> border patrol, employer verificati verification, guest worker program, and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. >> americans support it in pole after pole. la ten knows want be it. fourth republicans need it. >> reporter: both sides need it. for president obama, that's a first term promise. >> i do think there's room for us to come together and finally get things done. >> reporter: for republicans it could be the key to winning in 2016. last year 70% of hispanics voted for president obama. >> we are losing dramatically the hispanic vote which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons. >> r
border and keep 11 million immigrants here in the country. tracie potts is in washington with a look at this plan, the hurdles and motivation. >> reporter: if congress drags its feet on imgrag, the white house has a plan ready. president obama will lay it out today in las vegas. the white house says it's similar to what four democrats and republicans did this monday. >> we're going to get pushback, but i think most americans are saying let's get this fixed. >> the plan puts illegal immigrants at the back of the line for citizenship after it passed background checks and learned english. the key for conservative support will be whether more border security comes first. >> no one should expect the members of the senate are just going to rubber stamp why a group is met and decides. >> we will never put these individuals on a path to citizenship until we have fully secured our borders. >> advocates say they'll push the plan. >> we're also going to be marching and rallying. >> we have to support our brothers and sisters, it's not just a lyty know community. >> reporter: it's political. >>
are warning there's only so farther willing to compromise on the issue. tracie potts is live in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. at this point moving forward, both sides need to reconcile these plans, the president's and the ones lawmakers pitched. while the goals seem to be the same, what we're not clear on at this point are the the details. >> now is the time. >> reporter: starting today lawmakers begin to sort out differences between their immigration plan and president obama's like how long will it take for people liveing here illegal to become citizens. >> some people have been here for 20 or 30 years in limbo. >> it won't be a quick process. >> reporter: five years is enough but lawmakers want to make sure the borders are secure first. that could take longer. >> if this becomes a bidding war to see who comes up with with the easiest, quickest pathway, this is not going to go well. >> reporter: another difference the white house wants same sex immigrants to apply just like all other families. conservatives may have issues for that. some aren't sold on of
to compromise on the issue. nbc's tracie potts joins us live. >> reporter: hi, mara. good morning. now on capitol hill begins the process what could be a tedious process of sorting out what is is different for the president's proposal after the speech yesterday and also with the bipartisan group of lawmakers, democrats and republicans came up with the broad principles here appear to be the same. beefing up the borders and the pass to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. but neither plan has full details at this point. and it raises a lot of questions, for example, how long will this immigration process take? lawmakers want to make sure border security happens first. the president did not mention that. so that could make a difference in how long it actually takes to get this path to citizenship under way. the other big issue, same-sex immigrant couples would have the same rights to apply for citizenship under the president's plan, according to the white house. that is not something we expect conservatives would back. not in the senate and especial
americans to continue collecting unemployment. tracy potts has a breakdown on what congress agreed upon and what is still on the table. >> the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow for morning hour debate. >> finally avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> at some point in the visit at some point you strike a balance. >> 2 and 56 democrats and republicans signed a bill that keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting working families, avoid the big cut in medicare payments to prevent tax hikes for 98% of americans. tax rates will go up for couples making over $450,000. democrats caved in on that. republicans want to raise the .state tax hold over 5 million >> tax relief has been achieved. now is the time from the president to work with congress to address over spending. >> and the debt ceiling. before leaving for hawaii early this morning, president obama urged congress to raise it. >> we cannot not pay bills that have already been incurred. if congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay the bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy wi
is there for inauguration day. >>> in fact, details about the president's big party are well under way. nbc's tracie potts has details. hi. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it takes a lot to get this inauguration done in washington even though we're expecting half as many people. the kraut somewhere between 6 and 800,000. a lot of money and d.c. officials coming into the city, but hotels and restaurants not as full as we saw before. the national mall being transformed into america's stage. that staging is up. they're securing that zone. the parade route. the viewing stand at the white house is up as well. the secret service said they've got 100 workstations, nearly 100, throughout the city, with 42 different agencies involved in security. and they are promising better crowd management this time around. meantime around, the first family, you saw the new bangs with the first lady. we will likely see them over the weekend and into monday as the president takes his second oath, he take the first official one privately at the white house on sunday. mara. >> all right. tracie potts, thanks so much. >>> and now fo
jump. viruses considered widespread in 40 states. tracy potts has more on the flu frenzy in today's medical alert. >> in boston, the mayor declared a public health emergency. they have had 700 cases so far. >> that is 10 times the number of total cases we saw last year. >> they are offering free flu shots to combat what the cdc says could be one of the worst flu seasons we have seen in years. >> it was like something hit me like a truck. >> doctor visits have doubled in the last four weeks. some schools have closed. crowded emergency rooms are turning people away. this pennsylvania hospital set up a tent for the overflow. >> we can see them, and evaluate them, discharge them right from the tent. >> so far, at 18 children have died, including this 6-year-old from texas. >> she was daddy's girl. i do not know what to do. >> this north carolina hair salon is seen the impact on workers and customers. >> they are canceling appointments, rescheduling, coming in coughing. it has been bad. >> experts say the flu could cost employers $10 billion. >> it could last longer, too, because the p
with today in washington, d.c. nbc bay area's tracie potts is on capitol hill with the latest on what's ahead had. >> reporter: today the house votes on $50 billion for superstorm sandy victims, but it's the debt and spending that's sure to spark a fight. >> to say that we're not going to negotiate, we're not going to talk, you always -- that's what we're sent there to do. >> reporter: it's fiscal cliff revisited. big spending cuts coming march 1st and a possible government hutdown. >> if congressional republicans refuse to pay america's bills on time, social security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed. >> reporter: republicans are insisting on real spending cuts before they say okay to any more borrowing. >> they just can't sit there and say, oh, you're cutting me because you're not giving me the amount of increase that i wanted. those days are over. >> reporter: democrats argue you can't put the country's finances at risk just to get your way. >> you do not get it by threatening people to burn the house down as a way of making them come to the table. that's simply won't work. >> r
ammunition magazines is likely to face stiff opposition in congress. nbc's tracie potts has the details now from washington. what are some of the measures we're expecting the president to propose today? >> reporter: in addition to those bans which congress has to act on, we're told that the president today will act on some but not all of the 19 areas that vice president biden's task force says he can do by executive order. chief among them, universal background checks that would close what many have called a loophole where you can buy a gun at gun shows or online without a background check. the president, we're told, also expected to stiffen penalties for people who fail background checks, lie on background checks, retailers who skip doing background checks and also those who sell multiple weapons to felons. now the nra likely to oppose those. they have already said in response to new york's law that tougher laws do not reduce crime or produce safety. in addition to the laws regarding background checks, the president's also expected to talk about mental health and video games as part of thi
. as nbc bay area's tracie potts reports from capitol hill, they already have a full plate. >> reporter: the 113th congress takes its oath this afternoon with 56 new democrats, 38 new republicans and a record number of women. the youngest, hawaii's tulsi gabbert. john boehner has announced the first order of business, a vote to provide billions to victims of superstorm sandy. >> the bottom line is that between friday morning and january 15th, we'll bring in $60 billion that's absolutely necessary for new jersey and connecticut. >> reporter: also tops on their agenda, raising the debt ceiling so america can borrow more to pay its bills. republicans will insist on cutting spending first. >> the president is addicted to spending. he wants to spend. he wants a new credit card after he's maxed out the last one. >> if the president thinks he's not going to negotiate, he better think again. he's president of the united states, not emperor of the president. >> reporter: the last time there was a fight over the debt ceiling, the u.s. saw its first-ever downgrade. >> it may take another downgrade
of the united states is saying that. >> so where do things go from here? nbc's tracie potts is in washington for us. how is the president going to get the public and congress to support this legislative agenda? >> reporter: you were talking about the nra getting ready for a battle. the white house has a battle plan as well. it started last night. the president put an op-ed in the connecticut local connecticut newspaper near newtown where the shooting happened putting the pressure on congress saying they need to help and not hinder this process. the white house also has a campaign style tour planned for the president to talk about his gun control measures. no word yet what the stops are but they are hoping it will drum up public support. the polls are showing the public is increasingly favoring an assault weapons ban and even universal background checks a big part of his plan. finally the white house is putting out a new website with videos from some of the victims, again all part of a big campaign to try to get more public support for these measures that he's announced. >> tracie potts live
. tracie potts is live in washington. will this new congress be able to get up to speed quickly? >> reporter: well, they don't really have a choice. they have so much on their plate, as you mentioned, including the debt ceiling coming up very quickly and the deficit. the 113th congress takes its oath this afternoon, 56 new democrats, 38 new republicans, and a record number of women. the youngest, hawaii's tulsie gabrin and the first hindu ever elected. john boehner expected to be elected speaker but 17 conservatives could derail. that he announced the first order of business, a vote friday to provide billions to victims of superstorm sandy. >> the bottom line is that between friday morning and january 15th, two votes will bring in $60 billion is absolutely necessary for new york, new jersey, and connecticut. >> reporter: also tops on the agenda, raising the debt ceiling. republicans will insist on cutting spending first. >> the president is addicted to spending. he wants to spend. he wants a new credit card after he's maxed out the last one. >> the president thinks he's not goin
soldiers and marines from serving on the front lines in combat. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: this is a big deal. it's a ban that's been in place for nearly 20 years. after first rolling back the ban on gays in the military, now coming today this new announcement about new opportunities in the military for women. the formal announcement is expected today outgoing defense secretary leon panetta will end the 19-year-old ban on women serving in combat. >> for those who have what it takes, it's a chance for them to have equal treatment. >> reporter: the move can open up 237,000 jobs. women on the front lines in close quarters for months at a time? not everyone thinks it's a good idea. >> the extended endurance that is needed, as i say, we have enough problems with sometimes with men. >> reporter: last month the aclu sued in federal court, plaintiffs argue keeping women in the background is bad military strategy. >> it creates a dangerous set of rules that make it difficult for commanders in decide best way to fight. >> reporter: supporters arg
will sign ale that avoids the fiscal cliff preventing taxes from going up on most people. >> tracie potts has a breakdown of what congress agreed to on capitol hill. >> good morning. a very late vote last night but in time for millions of americans who wondered if their taxes would go up this year. >> the house stands adjourned until 10:00 p.m. for morning our debates. >> lawmakers left capitol hill after finally avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> at some point you strike a balance. >> 257 democrats and republicans voting for a bill to keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting working families and prevent tax hikes for 98% of americans. tax rates will go up for couples making more than $450,000. democrats gave in on that. republicans won a victory -- the estate tax threshold is over $5 million. >> tax relief has been achieved. now is the time for the president to work with congress to address the government overspending. >> and the debt ceiling. before leaving for a whole lot president obama urged congress to raise it. >> we can't not pay bills that we have already incurred. the consequenc
deal. president obama will sign a law that avoids the fiscal cliff. >> tracie potts has a breakdown of what congress agreed to. >> good morning. a very late vote last night but runtime for millions of americans who wondered if their taxes would go what this year. >> lawmakers left capitol hill after finally avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> some point you strike a balance. >> 257 democrats and republicans voting for a bill to keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting working families and prevent tax hikes for 98% of americans. tax rates will go up for couples making more than $450,000. the estate tax threshold is over $5 million. >> tax relief has been achieved. now is a time for the president to work with congress to address the government overspending. >> and the debt ceiling. president obama urged congress to raise it. >> we cannot not pay bills that we have already incurred. the consequences for the global economy would be catastrophic. >> no word when the president will sign the new bill. it was just in time for nervous investors as markets reopen this morning. tracie potts, w
the one that happened in connecticut. i am tracie potts. >> showers are in the forecast and we will tell you when. >> volume continues to build this morning >> good morning. 6:12. 44 downtown at the inner harbor. it is is little chilly air away from the city. temperatures mostly in the 30's. we have a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies. you can see clouds and a few sprinkles in virginia. one batch is moving up towards pennsylvania. this system is headed toward the great lakes. here is a wider view of the storm system. most of the rain is heading to the midwest. it is of shifting to the northwest. we're losing the drying effects of the high pressure and picking up the moisture from this storm system. there is a secondary front out to the west. we will be on the warm side into the weekend. things will be changing. the coldest temperatures are in canada. denver will be in the teens. we will be near 60 this weekend. the cold air address farther east. we will be colder. there is a change over the next seven days. we're a mild today. afternoon showers in the forecast. the clouds are moving i
to begin his second term. president obama takes the oath of office again today at the capitol. tracie potts has more from the west front of the u.s. capitol where the ceremony gets underway later this morning. >> i barack hussain obama -- >> president obama takes the stage this morning having already been sworn in yesterday. >> the last one was kind of fast. we'll take some time to enjoy it. >> they are pulling up the temporary plastic. >> hundreds of thousands witnessed the second inauguration of america's first black president. >> it means a whole lot. it is something i never fathom ed. >> despite tough approval ratings, president obama still holds star power. many traveled hundreds of miles just to get a glimpse. >> he leaned forward and i saw him and it made me happy. >> the president has some advice for those standing hours in the call today. -- in the cold today. >> be sure to bundle up, although it will not be as cold as it was four years ago. >> the first latino and first openly gay inaugural poet. >> i think the sense of unity is what we want to bring across. >> perhaps no one is m
celebration to welcome back america's president. tracie potts has more when the ceremony gets under way. >> i barack hussain obama -- >> president obama takes the stage this morning having already been sworn in yesterday. >> the last one was kind of fast. we'll take some time to enjoy it. >> hundreds of thousands witness the second inauguration of america's first black president. >> it means a whole lot. >> despite tough approval ratings, president obama still holds star power. many traveled hundreds of miles just to get a glimpse. >> he leaned forward and i saw him and it made me happy. >> the president has some advice for those standing hours in the call today. >> be sure to bundle up although it will not be as cold as a was four years ago. >> the first latino and first openly gay inaugural poet. >> i think the sense of unity is what want to bring across. >> i am very excited. it is going to be good. >> thousands of extra security officers have been sworn in. 150 city blocks around the capitol are shut down. >> we have to be prepared for everything. >> the beginning of a new term. >> i want
of the shooting which she narrowly survived by joining the call for more action. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. congresswoman giffords marking the occasion with a push for gun safety. she's going around the country saying we need to take a closer look at the laws on the books. the white house making a greater effort to strengthen them. tod today we'll see vice president biden sitting down with gun advocates on whether or not washington should get involved. tomorrow a big meeting at the white house with the nra. vice president biden out front on this one as well. but the big question will they be able to get anything done here on capitol hill? with fiscal cliff part two and the debt and debt ceiling and lots of discussion about that, budget cuts, spending cuts possibly coming up the top republican on the nature side they may not get to gun control until the spring. richard. >> a lot of political capital will be spent on those issues. thank you so much. >> more turbulence for boeing's dreamliner. a fuel leak on a 787 forc
potts is live for us on capitol hill. tracie, it was a new year's day to remember. >> it was. this came a day late but just in time for the markets reopening this morning and just in time for many americans who were very concerned about their tax rates going up. that's an area that democrats gave him. couples who make $450,000 or more are going to have higher tax rates. you heard the president alluding to a tax fight. that's a fight that the congress has to deal with. john boehner the republican house speaker was able to gather 85 votes in favor of this bill. overwhelmingly passed in the senate.not as much, most republicans voted against it in the house. but in the end, they were able to get it passed. and not mentioned as much but something that's going to impact a lot of paychecks. remember that 2% payroll tax cut we enjoyed in the past year? that's not a part of that bill. payroll taxes going up 2%. you will feel that in your check this month, bill. >> thanks, tracie. here's a recap of how it played owl just after the ball dropped 2:00 a.m., the senate passed the bill. no senator cla
that he will sign the bill into law. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill now with more. tracie, good morning. >> 257, that's how many democrats mostly and some republicans as well voted in favor of this bill. it means that lawmakers are now headed, we saw them headed all to capitol hill early this morning. the president heads back to hawaii to continue his vacation that was broken while they tried to negotiate these tax increases, stop them from happening. this bill will extend unemployment for 2 million people who would have lost their checks beginning this year. middle class tax breaks and prevent a tax hike for 98% of americans. the fight is not over. in february, the debt limit needs to be raised so america can continue to pay its bills. republicans likely will insist on cutting spending. >> we can't simply cut our way to prosperity. cutting spending has to go hand in hand with further reforms to our tax code. so that the wealthiest corporations and individuals can't take vapg of loopholes and deductions that aren't available to most americans. >> no word yet on when the pr
inauguration. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with more. tracie, good morning. >> extra seating, extra space, lots going on here at the capitol. good morning everyone. they're putting the final shine this weekend on washington, ready to accept and greet 600,000 to 800,000 visitors. that's less than half from four years ago but still requiring a massive undertaking. the mall is being transformed to america's stage. it's the stage where the president on monday will take the oath of office for the second time. he's doing it officially and privately at the white house on sunday. then he'll do it again on monday in addition to giving a speech that analysts say should be short on politics and long on a message that really brings people together. not so much a political speech. secret service has 100 work stations throughout the area. 42 different agencies working to keep the mall and the parade route and the white house secure. eun? >>> tracie potts live on capitol hill for us this morning. tracie, thank you. >>> it may be affordable to take a cab to the inauguration. you can share a
. tracie potts joins us live from capitol hill with more on the gun control meeting. tracie, good morning. >> eun, good morning. we'll see if gamers come out with better thinking than the nra. the nra said they were disappointed with the white house meeting, that the white house seemed less focused on keeping kids safe and more focus on attacking the second amendment. this was a first for the nra to be invited into a meeting like this. we found afterwards from talking to various ones in these meetings with vice president joe biden's task force that gun rights groups had different inions on the tone of the meeting. >> now, moving ahead, looking at today, they'll be talking with gamers after having had a similar conversation with the entertainment industry. the entertainment industry saying they were glad to be invited to the table and one thing vice president joe biden brought up is that of all the groups they talked to so far, the one thing that he seems to see consensus on is a lot of people want to see more regulation when it comes to buying guns, gun purchases and having universal back
holding a hearing on how to reduce gun violence across the country. tracie potts is live on capitol hill with more. tracie, good morning. >> good morning. here's what's unusual about that gun hearing today. there will be no guns there because of the rules on capitol hill. it was a big hassle to get unloaded weapons into this hearing. republicans are complaining about that saying how can you consider restricting weapons that we can't see when we're discussing them. nevertheless, what they will see is testimony from wayne la pierre, the head of the nra. he will argue that not only will a ban on weapons not work. he'll cite a study that it didn't reduce crime in '94. he'll say a universal background check is unreasonable as well. that criminals would never get a background check and those are the people you're targeting. we'll hear from mark kelly, the husband of former congressman gabrielle giffords who was shot in arizona two years ago. they've started a lobbying group for -- while kelly will say he's a gun owner and believes the mra does a lot of good work when it comes to safety, he com
. that will remain at 7.7% unemployment. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: mara, good morning. holiday hiring and shopping could also have some play into all that. we'll know in about an hour and a half what those new job numbers look like. 150, 160,000 new jobs is what we're hearing. but the jobless rate 7.7% expected to stay about the same. there are a number of things we do know that could have some impact here, adp says private job growth was about 215,000 in the last month. weekly unemployment claims up about 10,000. we also now know retail sales were up more than expected about 4.5%. again probably that holiday boom. auto sales were up about 9% and that's something that was predicted after hurricane sandy, a lot of people lost their cars it was predicted that the auto industry might end up benefiting from that. bottom line as we await these numbers it will tell a story how the economy is doing when you look at the big picture, economists are fairly confident. >>> the fiscal cliff deal is making it a happy new year for many businesses including rum makers an
nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early this morning. he's a 25 year vet at the cia and went through his own bit of controversy when he was first considered for that job back in 2008. as for chuck hagel, he is expected to face criticism from his own party, both of those nominations being announced later today. today president obama is expected to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. >> reporter: a purple heart veteran wounded in vietnam is a moderate republican who criticized the iraq troop surge, opposed unilateral sanctions against in and once said being gay inhibits effectiveness. >> he apologized for it. >> reporter: republicans call him a controversial in your face pick. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense will be the mo
for that job, former nebraska senator chuck hagel that has republicans reeling. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington this morning with more on how his pentagon and cia nominations could prompt the next big fight on capitol hill. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we're already seeing democrats and republicans here with concerns about hagel. john brennan, protests by aclu and others on that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> president, i'll give you my honest and most informed consens consensus. >> reporter: he has backed cuts at the pentagon. >> as a successful businessman, he also knows as
as much. nbc's tracie potts is on capitol hill. that was a new year's day to remember. >> it was. it was just in time for many americans who were concerned for tax rates going up. couples who make $450,000 or more will have higher tax rates here. you heard the president also talking about or eluding to the debt ceiling, that's a fight the congress still has to deal with, as the president made reference to paying those bills we already incurred. john boehner was able to gather together 85 votes in favor of this bill, overwhelmingly passed in the stat. not as much -- most republicans voted against it in the house. in the end they were able to get it past. not mentioned as much but something that limb pact a lot of paychecks, remember that 2% payroll tax cut we enjoyed in the past year? that's not a part of this bill. payroll taxes going back up 2%. you will feel that in your checks starting this month. >> thanks. here's a recap of how the drama played out on your new year's day holiday. after the ball dropped around 2:00 a.m., the senate passed a deal. 30 minutes later, the preside
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